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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues | [Tom Robbins]

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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Publisher's Summary

Sissy Hankshaw, an almost flawlessly beautiful small-town girl with big-time dreams, hitchhikes her way into your heart, your hopes, and your sleeping bag in Tom Robbins's magical, funny, and most famous novel. Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax. Along the way, you'll meet such unforgettable characters as Bonanza Jellybean and the smooth-riding cowgirls of Rubber Rose Ranch; Chink, the lascivious guru of yams and yang; Julian, an asthmatic Mohawk; and Dr. Robbins, the preventive psychiatrist and reality instructor. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is Tom Robbins at his offbeat, outrageous, and inventive best.

Copyright ©1976 by Thomas Robbins; Copyright (P)1993 Dove Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is one of those special novels - a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and sane - that you just want to ride off into the sunset with." (Thomas Pynchon)

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    Kyle 04-21-05
    Kyle 04-21-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Good"

    well wrtiiten and read. I still think "Invalids" is his best book on the audible list. Hard to beat ol' Switters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Santa Cruz, CA, USA 01-10-04
    Jan Santa Cruz, CA, USA 01-10-04
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    "Strange, quere, excellent"

    My first contact to the work of Tom Robbins. What a interesting and funny story. A sinphony of words where one is tempted to rewind or pause often to comprehend the authors thoughts. Irving meets Djian, meets Kotzwinkle... just great!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Robin Oklahoma City, OK, USA 02-26-04
    Mark Robin Oklahoma City, OK, USA 02-26-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"

    This is a GOOD book! It's at least on par with Robbins other writing. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoyed Fierce Invalids ... or Half Asleep ... then you probably enjoy Robbins irreverent prosaic genius and are entertained by the ideas and the depth he includes in his well constructed stories. He delivers all this in this book too. Don't pass this book up. It's worth your time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 01-28-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 01-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Better than the sum of its parts"

    I have always wanted to read this book. I saw the Uma Thurman film. I liked enough of it to get me interested in the book. Ten years later I have achieved this ambition and I'm quietly pleased with the achievement.
    The novel is quirky, if not "out there". It is interestingly serious amongst the throw away one liners, clever phrases and plain ribald humour. It may be a bit too racy for some sensibilities and it must have been damn near banned when it was published. But, for all that, it is clever introspective about the pervading social condition in the US of its day and remarkably forward thinking. I think it is still very relevant, today.
    It won't appeal to you if you are sensitive about four letter words (including the C word). It won't appeal to you if you think government and authority are always to be respected without question. It won't appeal to you if you are squeamish about birds and animals. It might not even be your cup of tea if you are a serious feminist (because it is feminism from one man's point of view).
    On the other hand, I think you will really enjoy the belly laughs, the satire and the insight if you suspend your judgment for, say, the first 10 Chapters.
    I thought Michael Nouri did a wonderful job with the text; 31/2 if I could give that rating. I could hear him on the discovery Channel as the cranes came to roost. The story is very clever too. almost a 4. Overall, I thought it was better than just good, hence the Overall assessment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liam Nashville, TN, United States 09-03-12
    Liam Nashville, TN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Contradiction at its best!!!"
    Would you listen to Even Cowgirls Get the Blues again? Why?

    I would listen to this again if only to memorize and incorporate those amazing existential one-liners!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Chink! He peddled a majority of the book's philosophy.


    What about Michael Nouri’s performance did you like?

    Tom Robbins is not for everyone - I could tell Nouri was hip to Robbins style. I actually like his acting as well!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh often!


    Any additional comments?

    Believe in nothing, everything is sacred! Believe in everything, nothing is sacred. If it gets messy, eat it over the sink!! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margo New Mexico 06-14-03
    Margo New Mexico 06-14-03 Member Since 2002

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Not my favorite Robbins"

    I'm working my way through all of Tom Robbins' books, but this wasn't my favorite. I'll give it an "OK," but "Fierce Invalids..." and "Frog Pajamas..." are the types of books that I will actually listen to more than once. I wouldn't listen to this one a second time.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Arlington, MA, United States 11-14-10
    Emily Arlington, MA, United States 11-14-10
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    "Sound quality problem"

    There is an annoying echo (kind of a ghostly voice in the background) in quite a bit of this recording; my guess is that it was transferred to digital from an old tape that had deteriorated. When listening through headphones, it was so distracting I had to turn it off.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Murphy, TX, USA 02-17-05
    Richard Murphy, TX, USA 02-17-05
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    "Wake me up when this is over..."

    This is not my first Tom Robbins book, I listened to Fierce Invalids first. I will grant that there are a few moments where I get a chuckle, but for the most part this book is a train wreck. I'm just over half way through the book and I am still wondering what the heck it is about. There are points where the author rambles on and on incessantly about some of the stupidest stuff I ever heard. If I hear the phrase "Ho Ho, He He, and Ha Ha" one more time, I'll puke. I've listened to some dull books that eventually picked up, but this one has yet to get me the slightest bit interested in any of the characters or plots (if you can call them that). At least in Fierce Invalids you could piece together the disparate parts and figure out a story line. This book is all over the place. I'm sure I will muscle my way through to the end, just to see if there is a point to any of the story lines, but just like a train wreck, it will be more of a morbid fascination to see where it ends than of a true enjoyment of a story well told.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Toronto, ON, Canada 03-05-13
    Carrie Toronto, ON, Canada 03-05-13
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    "A western tale from a more feminist perspective"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was a good book but simply wasn't a story I was totally captivated by. I enjoyed parts of it but not enough to recommend it highly to others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Fooks PORTLAND, OR, US 11-19-12
    Christian Fooks PORTLAND, OR, US 11-19-12
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    "Typical Tom Robbins making the amazing"
    Would you try another book from Tom Robbins and/or Michael Nouri?

    I would. Tom Robbins is one of my favorite writers and I think that Michael Nouri did a wonderful job at reading it.


    What other book might you compare Even Cowgirls Get the Blues to and why?

    Fierce invalides home from hot climates or Jitterbug perfume.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie and I do intend on watching it now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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